Riverside search warrant yields 100s of Xanax bars, heroin and cocaine – Suspect, 64, arrested for drug sales

RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Authorities say a tip regarding the ongoing sale of narcotics led to a search warrant and the arrest of a Riverside man, Thursday, March 17.

During the service of the search warrant, officers discovered and seized a significant quantity of Xanax bars, along with heroin and rock cocaine.


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Members of Riverside Police Department’s Narcotics Unit opened an investigation into 63-year-old Ricky Jay Mitchell after learning he was possibly selling narcotics out of his residence in the 1600 block of La Cadena Drive in Riverside.

After developing leads and gathering information to support their case, narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant for the house, which they served last Thursday.

A search warrant served at a Riverside residence led to the discovery and seizure of more than 1100 Xanax bars, one ounce of suspected heroin, and eight grams of suspected rock cocaine base. Riverside PD photos

Detectives detained Mitchell at the home and as a result of their search and investigation, detectives seized more than 1100 Xanax bars, one ounce of suspected heroin, and eight grams of suspected rock cocaine base inside the home.

Based on their investigative findings, officers arrested Mitchell and he was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of several narcotics for sales related charges, with his bail set at $50,000.

Online jail records indicate he was released on his own recognizance on March 21.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.